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20 Skeletons Discovered In Yidere, Central African Republic

The skeletons are suspected to be evidence of hidden war crimes committed by Russian mercenaries last year.

Local authorities in the Central African Republic locality of Yidere suspect they might have uncovered a war crimes scene following the discovery of a mass grave containing  20 skeletons in the locality situated in the Mambere-Kadei prefecture, about 60 km from Lamy-Point in the west of the country.

Locals in the area believe the skeletons were the remains of victims of a retaliatory attack carried out by Russian mercenaries in October last year against rebels of the Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC) following an ambush which resulted in the death of three Wagner Security Group operatives in the village of Banga within the Haute-Bombe council.

A civil society activist told HumAngle the “remains present signs of a violent massacre.”

A victim has been identified by his family through his shoes, he said, adding that the skeletons were discovered in the forest by herders. 

“The discovered skeletons constitute veritable evidence of a mass massacre perpetrated by men of the Wagner Security Group against the population of the Central African Republic,” he said. 


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Chief Bisong Etahoben

Chief Bisong Etahoben is a Cameroonian investigative journalist and traditional ruler. He writes for international media and has participated in several transnational investigations. Etahoben won the first-ever Cameroon Investigative Journalist Award in 1992. He serves as a member of a number of international investigative journalism professional bodies including the Forum for African Investigative Reporters (FAIR). He is HumAngle's Francophone and Central Africa editor.

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